Kabbalah is a centuries-old discipline and school of thought that aims to help people find a deeper sense of connection and meaning in their lives. Passed down through the generations and across the globe, Kabbalah now has innumerable practitioners and teachers, which by virtue of that alone would increase the overall level of connectedness and sense of purpose among human beings. However the quality of Kabbalah practice and study, and therefore the extent of its effects, depends very much on the practitioners themselves. That’s why the Kabbalah Centre exists: to help people to authentically engage with as pure and genuine an understanding of Kabbalah principles and practices as possible. The Kabbalah Centre aims to bring a sense of authoritativeness and trust to the teaching of Kabbalah.
Among the fundamental principles the Kabbalah Centre teaches is that worldly things, and the world itself, must be engaged with and committed to fully, rather than avoided or renounced. While Kabbalah does focus a great deal on the afterlife and places diminished value on many aspects of material existence, it still asserts the importance of participating wholeheartedly in one’s community. Distinct from the many religions that teach abstinence from material desires, Kabbalah embraces those same desires and the world that made them possible. In Kabbalah, the act of fulfilling one’s desires quite often affords the person an opportunity for deeper connections with another person or the world, or both. That said, Kabbalah does also recognize the importance of moderation and the dangers of excess.
The Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Philip Berg that offers online and in-person educational programs on Kabbalah and Zohar. The presentations and coursework were designed by Berg and his wife, Karen. The two teach courses and lead study groups along with a multicultural team situated around the world. The Kabbalah Centre frequently contributes to humanitarian causes, such as the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.